Fumata Bianca

Written by: Robert Pettit

A tiny chimney has been given many a stare by an enormous crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Sequestered cardinals attempt to elect a new pope. White smoke from the flue is what many faithful hope. Four times, the emissions have been black. Hopes for electing a pontiff were turned aback. Will the results be positive on the fifth try? “Fumata Bianca” is the loud popular cry. So now a new pope has been elected. His entry on the balcony is anticipated.